XBee is good; Synapse is just better. More I/O, embedded python, and generally better range at comparable cost! This particular module is 2.4GHz with OTA (Over-The-Air) speeds up to 2Mbps, maximum 450M (1500') range and a chip antenna for compact installation.
No doubt about XBee - proven, solid and robust. But Synapse modules are that much better! These small, low-power, transceiver modules, commonly run in the 915MHz & 2.4GHz spectrums, have a maximum extended range of up to three miles LOS (Line-Of-Sight) and the lowest power consumption in the industry. These RF Engines come pre-loaded with the SNAP® network operating system which allows the nodes to be natively mesh networked. Typical applications include wireless serial port(s), sensor monitoring, actuator control, or an intelligent embedded controller - the possibilities are limitless. Synapse takes 802.15.4 Zigbee/XBee style communication one step further, and makes it smart.
This particular RF module includes a user programmable (via python-based scripts), embedded ATmega128RFA1 microcontroller that can be programmed for all kinds of applications including remote sensor monitoring, or peripheral activation.
Other notable features include:
Very high communication speeds (up to 2Mbps)
Built-in Python interpreter (who needs a microcontroller?)
Wide Low voltage TTL operating range (1.8 - 3.6V)
7 Analog-to-Digital Inputs
6 PWM Outputs
9 Interrupt capable pins
Communication options include I2C (TWI) SPI, 2 hardware UARTs
Amazingly low power capabilities (0.25uA sleep current)
RF100 footprint & pinout compatible
Embedded ATmega128RFA1 on-board
2 x UART ports for LVTTL serial control or transparent data
Able to be configured to wirelessly program Arduino Uno & Mega 2560
Socket-able (2mm spacing) or solder-able
SNAP, instant-on, self-healing, mesh network operating system
802.15.4 Protocol at 2.4GHz
Maximum range performance: 1500ft outdoor range (LOS) at 250kbps
24 pins, with 20 general purpose I/O, 7 of which can be 10-bit A/D inputs
6 pins configurable for PWM, and 9 Interrupt capable pins
I2C communication (Pins 19, 20)
SPI communication (Pins 14, 15, 16)
JTAG communication (Pins 17, 18, 19 , 20)
128k flash memory (58.5k available for user applications)
Can be used stand-alone (no additional microcontroller required)
Low power mode of 2.5uA with internal timer running
Need a simple breakout for your Synapse modules? Use this kit for the application end of your Synapse Wireless RF networks. This kit will provide your Synapse node with 3.3V regulated power and break out all the nodal pins.
This board can do it all - breakout the Synapse RF module pins, give you a USB port/FTDI chip to program, supply it with a regulated 3.3V, integrate a reset switch (for updating & erasing), and also give you mounting options.
120 LEDs per meter that's ludicrous, shenanigans, positively... bright! This LED strip closely resembles the natural or soft fluorescent bulbs on the market. With most LEDs strips you'll get a fairly focused area of light dispersion, not the case with this strip as it emits an nice glow.